8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  4​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Portland

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Exploratorium, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Portland to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Portland, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Amoeba Music, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Grove ©
The Grove

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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